A pull out ceremony to mark the retirement of the former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie was nearly marred by an accident involving two soldiers.
The incident occurred when the former CDS was being led out of his office as the two security personnel who were riding motorbikes in front of the vehicle displaying their acrobatic skills.
The soldiers who were coming from opposite directions crashed into each, compelling them to crash unto the ground.
A woman who witnessed the incident collapsed and was resuscitated while the two injured soldiers where rush to 37 Military Hospital.
The pull out ceremony, which was held at Burma Camp in Accra, was graced by top rank military officials including the New Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Navy Staff, Inspector General of Police as well as retired officers and civilians staff of the Ghana Armed Forces.
Dr Benjamin Kumbour, Minister of Defence, said the ceremony was a “unique opportunity to bid farewell to our brother who has had a distinguished service and risen to the highest rank of the military and the Ghana Armed Forces in particular”.
Vice Admiral Quashie, expressed gratitude to President John Dramani Mahama for appointing him to the high office, making him the first and the most successful Naval Officer so far in the history of the Ghana Armed Forces.
‘’I am grateful to the Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Defence, the Chief Director and other staff as well as all legislative support from the parliamentary committee for Defence and the interior.”
He said during his term of office one thing that kept recurring in his mind was the meaning of the oath of allegiance they as cadets swear.
‘’As the cadet he was in a hurry to do chew and pour as has been the Ghanaian parlance but as an officer the real meaning dawned on me.
‘’And God being so good and as fate will have it, I was able to abide by it and will do it again if required of me’’.
“I give glory to God for how far, he has brought me and hope that the he will also help my successor to do same.” GNA